New York Law Update

Time Off to Vote

On April 12, 2019, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation (S.B. 1505) as part of the 2020 New York State budget package and amending the state’s election law, N.Y. Elec. Law § 3-110, as follows:

·         A registered voter may, without loss of pay for up to three hours, take off so much working time as will enable him or her to vote at any election.

·         The employee must be allowed time off for voting only at the beginning or end of his or her working shift, as the employer may designate, unless otherwise mutually agreed.

·         If the employee requires working time off to vote, then the employee must notify his or her employer no less than two working days before election day that he or she requires time off to vote.

·         No less than 10 working days before every election, every employer must conspicuously post in the workplace, where it can be seen as employees come or go, a notice setting forth these provisions and it must be kept posted until the close of the polls on election day.

The law took effective on April 12, 2019.

Read NY S.B. 1505 and about the 2020 state budget

Westchester Earned Sick Leave Resources

On April 10, 2019, the Westchester County Human Rights Commission published the following resources that provide additional information about the county’s earned sick leave law:

·         Employee FAQs

·         Employer FAQs

·         Notice of employee rights

·         Sick leave law

See the resources

New York City Lactation Model Policies

The New York City Commission on Human Rights created the following model lactation accommodation policies:

·         A policy for workplaces with dedicated lactation room(s);

·         A policy for workplaces with a multi-purpose space, other than a restroom, that may be used as a lactation room; and

·         A policy for workplaces with no available space for a lactation room.

Employers may use the version of the model policy that is most applicable to their workplace.

See the city’s lactation accommodation website

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